Friday, August 31, 2012

brazilian lemonade

 

So, school has started, and those indian summer nights have begun. Everyone needs one last summer hoo-rah before we all settle back into the doldrums of another year. Yet, may I remind everybody, we be thanking God every day we have not had the 165 days of triple digits like we did last summer. I get sick thinking about it. Even though it’s August, and yeah, we’re all sick of the heat, I still find 98 fairly comfortable compared to the twenty-third day in a row of 108.
So, some friends and I took our last summer hoo-rah last weekend. We decided we’d take a little overnight trip to the big city, us country folk drove into Austin. We stayed near the Convention Center, and as there was the big hair show in town, there was plenty to see!
I never knew lace pants over black shorts constituted great style. Apparently, I have a lot to learn.
We had a great time, went to dinner, walked the Congress Avenue bridge, even took a pedi-cab back to the hotel. My oh my do those fellows (and gals)  work hard, and there is a smell to prove it! I suppose we’re getting old, yes, the ripe old age of 30, seeing as how we were perfectly content to blare our music on the drag at 7:00, eat, shower, and be in bed by 10:30.
Add “Murder, She Wrote” to the mix and call me old!
Of course, my friend and I tend to be a little mischievous, so we decided it wouldn’t really be a hoo-rah unless we snuck in a little bitty prank. Prank sounds so mean, we call them a “finale.” Our other two friends went downstairs, let’s be honest – to get some bottled water that cost less than $9. We thought, here’s our chance. Upon first thought, we discussed taking all the sheets off the bed and hiding them, but then we had a better idea.

We stuffed all the pillows under the sheets to make it look like we were sleeping, and turned off the lights.

Then we hid behind the huge, lofty curtains and a ginormous side chair. And waited. And waited. And had to use the restroom. And tried to stop giggling. Then we heard them coming.

They came in.

Silence.

“Are we in the right room?” “Where’d they go?” “What the heck?” “Are we in the right room?”

Then they say, “Wait, they’ve got to come back. Let’s hide in the closet.”

At that point we busted out laughing and jumped out from behind the curtains. Ohhhhh, the looks on their faces.

Priceless. Priceless fun.

I hope I’ve inspired y’all to possibly create some mild rascally fun in your last hoo-rah weekend.

Y’all remembered, we have a 3 day weekend coming up, right? After the first official week of school, everyone is so exhausted, we need another “last hoo-rah” to really mentally prepare us for the next 185 days of the school year. This weekend will be much more mild, prank free, and possibly in bed by 10:00 every night. However, we do have a nice family dinner planned, and I’ll be making my Brazilian Lemonade punch.

So sweet, it’ll knock your teeth out…. I hope you’re not reading this Dr. Bender! …. uh, just make sure y’all brush your teeth after, or chew some sugar-free gum or something – drink some water!

Anyhow, it’s delicious and refreshing, and actually made with limes. It is originally non-alcoholic, but if your hoo-rah is lacking in fun, feel free to add some spirits. May I suggest a citrus flavored vodka? It’s actually made with limes, in Brazil they refer to limes as lemons, but it would be great with either. Also, it’s best served immediately; it’s made in the blender and tends to separate if made too much ahead of time. Y’all start making your pitchers, and be thinking of your “finales” for this weekend, alright?

Start with some pretty little limes.

I love you little limes. Except for when you get in my eye.

Lop off the ends.

I like saying lop. Makes me feel like I cut hair.

I’ve always wanted to cut hair and “lop” off 5 inches.

You know tonight is a blue moon, right? Maybe I should do it. You know, “once in a blue moon?

Wedge ’em up.

 

Let’s start with them in the blender.

One whole cup of sugar. Don’t tell your dentist.

6-7 tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Feel free to adjust this amount, but I liked it sweet.

Some wa-tuh.

Now blend. Pulse. Blend. What-ev. Don’t burn up your motor.

We leave the skins on because they contain essential oils, releasing their god given goodness into our sweet, sweet lemonade!

I pulsed it about 30 seconds.

Now strain.

I poured the strained mixture back into the blender, added a handful of ice cubes, and pulsed again.

 

Frothy and delicious!!

Serve immediately, or ASAP, because it does begin to separate after awhile.

Serve over ice, and with more lime garnishes.

Drink up, and don’t tell your dentist.

At least this is homemade! Surely it couldn’t have more than the 47 grams of sugar in Dr. P, right?

~Peace, Love, and Punch Y’all

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Brazilian Lemonade

Yield: 2 quarts

Ingredients:

8 limes
6 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
6-7 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
handful of ice cubes

Directions:

This is going to sound strange, but, we're going to blend the limes with their skins on! The skins contain essential oils and will lend themselves to a truly lime flavor. So, cut the ends off the limes, and quarter them. In a blender, add limes, water, and sugar. Pulse a few times. Strain the mixture using a strainer to remove the majority of the lime pieces and pulp. Return the liquid to the blender and add ice cubes and sweetened condensed milk; pulse again. Serve over lots of ice, and remember to add your lime garnish!

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7 Responses to “brazilian lemonade”

  1. 1

    Megan {Country Cleaver} — September 4, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    Ohh mai lawddy!! These looks incredible!!

    • katieb replied: — September 4th, 2012 @ 1:55 am

      he heee, so good!!!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — October 13, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    These sound amazing. I mean, anything with sweetened condensed milk is ok with me 🙂

    • katieb replied: — October 13th, 2012 @ 10:09 am

      Muchas Gracias Shelly!! I AM A HUGE FAN :))))

  3. 3

    kiya(love lemonade) — February 23, 2013 @ 8:17 am

    This lemonade is the best 😀

  4. 4

    kiya(love lemonade) — February 23, 2013 @ 8:20 am

    This is the Best Lemonade ever

    • katieb replied: — March 2nd, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!!

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